Stanley Black & Decker formed in 2010 when Stanley Works and Black & Decker Corporation merged. Black + Decker emerged from the merger as one of the core brands for the newly form corporation.
Well-known for producing power tools and home improvement products through Stanley Works and Black And Decker Corporation, Black + Decker started to include automotive products and various other hardware and accessories. One of their most popular products is the BLACK+DECKER BM3B 6V and 12V Automatic Battery Charger/Maintainer.
Overview and Features
The BLACK+DECKER BM3B 6V and 12V Automatic Battery Charger/Maintainer is first and foremast a car battery maintainer before a charger. Its primary function is to maintain a battery that isn’t being used regularly and it performs that job really well once it’s completely set up and working.
The unit itself is really compact, and covers many different types of batteries – from AGM to WET to GEL batteries.
If you’re looking for a quick charge to get yourself up and running, there are much better quick charge products, but this is definitely a maintainer first, with the car battery charger function coming second.
The easy connection function through battery clips or O-Rings or DC plugs does make the maintainer a really viable option for multiple batteries. It’s fairly easy to set up if you know your way around a car. Don’t rely on the instructions though.
Black+Decker are a solid manufacturer with really great support. Their support over the phone or via email is quick, effective and well informed.
The instructions provided with the BLACK+DECKER BM3B 6V and 12V Automatic Battery Charger/Maintainer, however, are not the best. They don’t provide the greatest insight into the setup of the product or the various different lights that are on the product.
Pros of the BLACK+DECKER BM3B
- Easy connection through battery clips or O-ring terminals or DC plug
- Charges and maintains 12 volt or 6-volt batteries
- Can charge and maintain AGM, GEL and WET batteries
- Built in circuit protection to prevent overcharging.
Cons of the BLACK+DECKER BM3B
- Poor Instructions and instruction manual.
- Short cables make setting it up slightly awkward depending on the vehicle and situation.
- It’s slow if you’re looking for a quick charge, there are better products.